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Posted by SilverBlade (Member # 3541) on September 18, 2006, 12:29:
Hello people,

I've very recently gotten myself a Motorola L7, complete with my very first 512mb microSD and the adaptor. My laptop has an inbuilt card-reader so I thought I'd put some music onto the card to play on my mobile. However whenever I try to do so I get the message ""Cannot copy (song file name here). The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk".

I made sure the card is not protected by the Lock tab part of the adaptor but I still cannot get it to accept anything.

Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on September 18, 2006, 13:17:
These chips have DRM on them. Not to offend, but do you own the music? I think they were designed so that you have to pay to put stuff on them, but I don't know for sure.

some web page
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on September 18, 2006, 13:21:
Ok, I'm probably way off as I've never even had such a thing in my hands, but if you go and see the parameters for the card and check the permissions settings. What I mean is it may not be a hardware problem but a software one. Another quick check would be to reverse the "copy protection switch," in case the position would be mislabeled (that is, if you haven't already tried). Other than that, bring it to where you bought it, and have one of the vendors/support/tech/whatever try it. It may be defective.

That's about all I can think about concerning such a problem. Good luck!
Posted by Grummash (Member # 4289) on September 18, 2006, 13:31:
SilverBlade - another longshot, but nothing to lose...

Does the SD card need formatting??

I realise this could be a daft question, but I'm sure my PDA has the facility to reformat its SD card. Just a thought.
Posted by Callipygous (Member # 2071) on September 18, 2006, 14:33:
I assume you have this 'phone on a contract. First Motorola phones do not have a good reputation either for reliability or for the software on them, though they do look very pretty. My wife has one of these, and though it is listed as being able to work with iSynk on her Mac, it doesn't. Bluetooth can connect the 'phone with her Mac, but that's about as far as it goes, like you she cannot even make a simple file transfer, though she might be able to use it to make a very expensive and slow internet connection in an emergency. My wife also got her 'phone from Vodaphone who customise the less than excellent Motorola software into something even less functional and intuitive. If you really like this 'phone, you can try to find a mobile 'phone shop that will unlock the 'phone, so that it will work with any network, and debrand it so that the network software modifications are removed, but my actual advice is to return this pretty pile of junk for another make that actually works. Sony Ericsson mobiles lack the style of Motorolas, but have a much better reputation for their software and general robustness.
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on September 18, 2006, 14:55:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
These chips have DRM on them. Not to offend, but do you own the music? I think they were designed so that you have to pay to put stuff on them, but I don't know for sure.

some web page

Interesting stuff. But you missed some details. If I am reading the site correctly, SanDisk is working towards a new standard. ie a CD replacement. It is DRM'd music locked onto a MiniSD card.

Fascinating stuff.

Remind me to boycott SanDisk.

My suggestion is to try and format the disk on the phone itself and also check to make sure that the phone doesn't lock the card.

And also see if you can save something from the phone to the card. If the error repeats, you may have a bad card.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on September 18, 2006, 16:13:
SilverBlade_____________________I may be wrong about this but I have a SD card right in front of me. If you place it with the connectors away from you and turn it over right to left so the connectors are both away and invisable to you on the left side is a small plastic tab and very fine print that shows if , the tab is moved towards you it is locked, away from you it is unlocked. I am not sure if your card is exactly like mine, but that is what I see.
Posted by SilverBlade (Member # 3541) on September 19, 2006, 01:01:
Thanks for all the input guys. Here are some extra little details to help:

The SD card came seperately and it looks exactly like this


How it works is that the tiny little one is what you put into your phone and if you need to transfer the stuff inside through a card reader you slip the small one into the adaptor which can then fit into any standard card-reader (such as the one built into my laptop).

I've checked the permissions settings- doesn't seem to have any way to change it (I've played around with the lock tab a few times already)

I made sure I used the music I ripped off my own CDs so I do own the music.

My phone is NOT on contract- I bought it unlocked and free as a bird (there is no such thing as a locked phone in Hong Kong- yippee!)

And lastly, I am a little iffy about reformatting any sort of flash drives. I once stupidly reformatted the flash drive of an MP3 player and now it works just like a giant thumbdrive. Oops.

Any more help would be great! Still no luck though... :S
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on September 19, 2006, 06:35:
My phone is NOT on contract- I bought it unlocked and free as a bird (there is no such thing as a locked phone in Hong Kong - yippee!)[/QB]
slightly off topic...
I've found that t-mobile in the US will happily send you the unlock code for any phone you bought from them if you call them up and say "I'll be travelling to Europe for a few weeks and want to buy a local SIM card". It's a sweet deal for them. You will still be paying them the monthly contract, but not using any service.
Posted by SilverBlade (Member # 3541) on September 19, 2006, 07:28:
This whole locked phone phenomenon is still beyond me, why not just get an unlocked phone in the first place? If you get a locked phone from a contract, surely you would still be paying a monthly subcription whether or not you are using their service or not...?

On topic though, I gave up on exploting my card-reader and just connected the phone to my laptop. Much more hassle - I'm starting to dislike Motorola.

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